Keeping Wilton Wild

Keeping Wilton Wild: To Bee or Not to Bee.


A UNH study of 125 years of records indicated that 14 native bee species are in decline in the Northeast.

image of a bee on a flower

Last year 38% of the US bee population perished. The reasons? Climate change and pesticide use, are the most threatening today. You may have noticed your shrubs, trees and native wildflowers are blooming earlier and along with milder winters with little snow cover. Research has shown these conditions are throwing off the natural rhythm of things in the plant and animal world.  

According to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the U.N., 78% to 94% of the Earth’s flower and seed-producing plants depend on bees and other animal pollinators to live.

These are the crops that would be most affected if honey bees disappeared.

Crops Most Affected by Loss of Honey Bees

What you can do in Wilton:

    1. Stop using harmful pesticides. These high-risk categories aren’t good for you, your children or your pets either: diazinon, Imidan, malathion and Sevin. Look into alternatives like Organocide® Bee Safe 3-in-1 Garden Spray, an insecticide, miticide, and fungicide that has been used in organic gardening for more than 27 years.

    2. Rethink your lawn and plant a bee garden. There are some excellent sources of information on flowering plants that create stunning, relatively maintenance-free landscaping and attract pollinators.

    3. Take up Bee-keeping. There are many excellent books for beginners and reading is the best way to get started. Even one hive in your yard can make a big difference in the health of your flowers and trees.
Books about beekeeping






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